So you want to grow your business. So maybe you want help with your business or maybe mentoring. Cool. I/we want to help.
But before we start you have to do some stuff that is important for both of us in the interests of saving a lot of people a lot of time. Don’t want to sound tough but this will really help us both…
Of course if you are a customer or prospect and you just want to pay for consulting stop reading now. You just have to pay for our experience, methodologies, information, tools and of course our time and we will tailor this material for you.
Otherwise read on.
Do yourself (and me and others) a favour –
- If you have not read the books/blogs below or some summary version of the same then please don’t contact me for mentoring/advice/advisory board roles/director roles etc.Basically there is plenty of the foundation stuff you need to learn first before we could move any discussion onto the next (important) level anyway.
- If we haven’t met in person or done a proper skype teleconference (which only arise after a good fresh meaningful mutual contact introduction) then please don’t connect with me on linkedin.Rationale here is simple and not trying to be difficult, you see even after deleting heaps I still have 425 linkedin connection request invitations and messages outstanding not to mention emails. Just because I have a freaky large number of connections on some social media doesn’t mean I am an open networker, I am simple good at being time efficient and pretty well connected. For a reason: To be productive and meet my goals.
- Understand that my current personal goals are to –
a) grow a hyper connected hyper successful startup ecosystem in Australia, particularly Sydney and
b) build my businesses (e.g. Coinr and Cooper & Co) and investments for income and self fulfilment and to help goal a) and to
c) give my family (especially kids) the best I can and
d) live a full life which includes a bunch of other lesser goals like improving the planet in other ways.Note: Helping you with your startup is part of the first goal but time on this is necessarily very limited
However, on a more positive note, if you have read some or ideally most of the material on the list below and have a considered opinion (not a one of trash of insight, sit on it for a few days or ideally weeks) and you still want to discuss the nuances of how it applies to your disruptive innovation then awesome lets rock!
Start by reading my twitter feed which has a lot of the latest thinking and short links to time efficient summaries of these sources. Yes this is me – Peter Cooper is @pc0 on twitter.
Key Concepts (Mandatory)
- Disruptive innovation
- Why software is eating the world
- Lean startup principles
- Being An Autodidact Entrepreneur
Books (Very Highly Desirable)
- Rework By 37 Signals
- Lean Startup By Eric Ries
- Innovators Dilema By Clayton Christensen
- Inside The Plex By Steven Levy
- Getting Things Done By David Allen
- The Intelligent Entrepreneur By Bill Murray
Blogs (Good Practice)
- Steve Blanks blog
- Paul Graham’s blog
- Pete Cooper’s blog
Get Connected (Mandatory if you are in Sydney or Australia) – Ideally you should also look at attending/following/joining –
- Silicon Beach Australia
For a while there has been a flurry of very proprietary application solution development platforms rolled out from salesforce (apex), intuit (quickbase), amazon (a few), google (appengine) and it was only a matter of time before people stopped talking about data portability and though once again about app portability.
It seems dreamfactory have started down that route and their stuff looks really sweet – I bet there are more out there too.
With so many opportunities for app platform providers to get it wrong (over charging, poor service levels, changing APIs, aggressive legal terms just to name a few) this trend is very very welcome.
Everything old is new again.